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Zuckerberg Confirms Changes to Privacy Settings

Zuckerberg Confirms Changes to Privacy Settings

Facebook has confirmed that it will release new privacy settings for all users from the 26 May. The social media giant made the announcement earlier today, stating that it will post further details on its blog site immanently. This announcement comes following a barrage of criticism from users over a series of alterations to its privacy settings which left members unsure how to keep their personal information from the public domain. A group has been set up on the social networking site, collating members who have decided to delete their user profiles on the 31 May as a sign of protest of the controversial alterations. Founder Mark Zuckerberg admitted yesterday that the company had "missed the mark". Zuckerberg went on to say: "I can confirm that our new, simpler privacy settings are starting to roll out tomorrow evening so stay tuned on our blog for more details." Chris Cox Facebook's vice president of products, described the events of the last few weeks as "extremely humbling". Changes to privacy settings began back in December when the social networking site changed the general rules of profile information without notification. This meant that the default setting left profiles accessible to the public unless the user had specifically opted out. The current Facebook privacy policy has 50 different settings and 170 options and a great deal of pressure has been applied on the company to simplify these options.

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